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Set as of Thursday to make its premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Out of Competition, a new international trailer for Mark Osbourne's (Kung Fu Panda) film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery beloved children's book The Little Prince has arrived. While this isn't the first teaser for the film, it is the first time English-speaking audiences can see the American voice cast. And boy, did they go all out with this voice cast, with Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Albert Brooks, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Rachel McAdams, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti lending their pipes to the animated picture. While it's hard to shake off The Lorax vibes created by a newly created child protagonist and her new old friend, there does seem to be more love and charm here than that film, not to mention how beautiful the animation is during the actual Little Prince moments. »
- Will Ashton
The Cannes Film Festival isn't only high brow, arty movies. Amongst the selection this year is something for the whole family, and while it won't win the Palme d'Or (indeed, its screening Out Of Competition), the movie will still see plenty of big stars on the red carpet, tellling a story everyone knows from childhood. A pretty amazing voicecast — Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks, Bud Cort, and Ricky Gervais — has been lined up for Mark Osborne's "The Little Prince," and this new animated trailer for the movie shows the tale has been expanded well beyond the tiny kids' book. Whether it can retain the magic of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless story remains to be seen. Read More: The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far "The Little Prince" opens overseas on July 29th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read More: The Best Animated Movie of 2015 is Already Here Variety has unveiled a heart warming new trailer for "Kung Fu Panda" director Marc Osborne's "The Little Prince," which is set to premiere at this year's Canne's Film Festival in the official selection. Based on the classic novella by Antoine de Saint Exupery, the animated feature has a stellar voice cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti and Albert Brooks. In the film, a young girl is introduced to a land of adventure and magic by the Aviator, voiced by Bridges, her sweet, elderly neighbor, who knows this place first hand. "The Little Prince" is released in France July 29. A Us release date has not yet been announced. Read More: Cannes Wish List: 20 Films We Hope to See at the 2015 Festival »
- Travis Clark
Louis C.K.'s upcoming animated project, which sounds like the Toy Story of dogs, has settled on a no-nonsense name. The A.V. Club reports that The Secret Life of Pets will explore the mischief household animals get into when their owners leave. The film is set for a July 8, 2016, release. Joining C.K., reportedly, are Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress, Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Jenny Slate, and Albert Brooks, among others. Chris Renaud will direct, and hopefully — given the fact Hart plays a stupidly cute bunny — cobble together a real gem. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Kevin Hart, Louis C.K. and Eric Stonestreet's upcoming animated project is headed for a summer release. Illumination and Universal Pictures revealed the previously announced project will be called The Secret Life of Pets. It will hit theaters July 8, 2016, moving from its original February 2016 date. The comedy centers on about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. The film also stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Chris Renaud, the director of Despicable Me and its sequel, is helming the project. Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio wrote the script. On its new date, the
- THR staff
Although it is very light on action and violence, A Most Violent Year features powerful performances in a slow-burning drama about a good man trying to make an honest living while everyone around him seems to be happy to cut corners anyway they can. Written and directed by J. C. Chandor (Margin Call and All Is Lost), the film features an incredible ensemble cast including Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, and Elyes Gabel. Set in 1981’s New York City, the film follows Abel Morales (Isaac), the owner of the small Standard Oil, a heating oil […] »
- Patrick Luce
A Most Violent Year - Lionsgate - Blu-ray and DVD Director: J.C. Chandor Cast: Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola. Full cast + crew Despite what the title implies, A Most Violent Year isn't a movie about a bloodbath. At least not a literal bloodbath. It's all about how an entrepreneurial businessman (Oscar Isaac) in 1980s New York is trying to make a competitive but honest living in the heating oil industry. However, everyone around him, including his wife (Jessica Chastain), isn't so inclined to keep things honest, and the clash of ethics between the two makes for a smartly written, beautifully shot, and superbly acted drama about what it takes to hold on to the American dream. The...
- Peter Hall
One of the best films of 2015, A Most Violent Year was about New York City in its most crime-ridden year of 1981. Oscar Isaac starred as ambitious Colombian immigrant Abel Morales, who began his career as a truck driver for a heating oil biz run by a mobster whose daughter Anna (Jessica Chastain) he eventually married. Abel took over ‘Standard Heating Oil’, and grew it quickly – but too quickly in the eyes of his competitors. As the movie opened, Abel and his attorney (Albert Brooks) are on the verge of a big move – borrowing a million and a half dollars to buy two oil tanks in a prime area of Queens. With 30 days to secure the cash needed to close the deal, it’s a risky investment, but if all goes according to Abel’s plan, he will eventually be able to store and move fuel on a larger scale. But »
- Tom Stockman
The weekend is approaching. You deserve legendary Netflix entertainment. Check out our five picks starring legendary entertainers proving why they're fantastic. Robert Redford is a bad-ass with a ladies' Wimbledon haircut in "Three Days of the Condor" There was a magical time called 1975 in which Robert Redford was indistinguishable from Martina Navratilova. Celebrate that sacred hour with "Three Days of the Condor," the caper starring Redford as a CIA analyst who goes into hiding with a sultry Brooklyn Heights dame (Faye Dunaway) as foes zero in on him. Plenty of Oscar cred here: In addition to Dunaway, John Houseman and Cliff Robertson have key roles, and nominee Max von Sydow scares the hell out of you as an Alsatian assassin. Bill Murray makes monotony a joy in "Groundhog Day" It took me until this year to watch "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and I've decided Andie MacDowell does have a certain something. »
- Louis Virtel
20th Century Fox
It goes without saying that The Simpsons has a long-standing habit of taking famous voices and painting them yellow. In fact, entire episodes have been based around one-off celeb-voiced characters like Johnny Cash’s Space Coyote during Homer’s chilli-induced hallucination or Albert Brooks’ Bond-like villain Hank Scorpio. And of course guest stars like Simon Cowell, Rupert Murdoch and Justin Bieber are the show’s bread and butter.
Sometimes stars voicing themselves works; for instance Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger and Ron Howard shone in When You Dish Upon A Star, but when suspicions arise that the show is a celebrity rite of passage and the cameos don’t actually improve the show, there’s clearly a problem. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by The Simpsons chiefs, with executive producer Al Jean detailing that they will slow down the endless stream of famous faces around Springfield.
But that »
- Michael Potts
'Focus' movie: Will Smith has third weakest weekend box-office debut of his career (photo: Will Smith in 'Focus') According to those referred to in polite society as "conservatives," winter storms and freezing temperatures are evidence that there's no such thing as global warming. Let's not even go there. Instead, let's focus (bad pun intended) on the Focus movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie as a con couple, which opened below expectations – with wintery weather as a possible culprit – in North America this weekend, February 27-March 1, 2015. According to box-office tracking, as late as a couple of days ago Warner Bros.' modestly budgeted Focus was expected to take in between $22-24 million. Barring a miracle akin to a sudden halt to rising ocean temperatures (pardon the hyperbole), that's not about to happen. Now, before I proceed: "modestly budgeted"? Well, for a Will Smith movie, $50 million – after »
- Zac Gille
Wedding bells are going to chime on this Sunday's episode of Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." After a whirlwind courtship, Charles Boyle's dad (Stephen Root) and Gina Linetti's mom (Sandra Bernhard) are tying the knot, but actual police work is apparently going to cause chaos. Last week, I got on the phone with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Joe Lo Truglio to discuss the nuptials, as well as Boyle's gradual evolution from his larger-than-life beginnings. We also talked about Lo Truglio's own status as a foodie and what the "State" veteran got out of sharing recent scenes with sitcom legend Garry Marshall. So check out an exclusive scene from Sunday's episode plus the full Joe Lo Truglio Q&A below. HitFix: Setting up the wedding taking place in this week's episode, what is Boyle's actual role in the wedding other than getting nervous I guess for his father? Joe Lo Truglio: Well »
- Daniel Fienberg
There are roughly 900,000 tribute pieces online this week about the 1985 John Hughes film "The Breakfast Club," and I understand the motivation. If you were the right age when the film was released (I was 15 at the time), that movie felt like a lightning bolt right to the face. Hughes treated teenagers like they were actual people with complex emotional lives worthy of respect, and while that would seem to be a logical approach to writing about any character, it certainly didn't feel average when he did it. He wrote about that secret world of teenagers with what felt like laser accuracy, and he basically created an entire industry of movies that tried to tap into that same audience. So certainly, there is much to celebrate when looking back at that particular film, but when I went to look at a list of the films that came out in 1985, a year »
- Drew McWeeny
If only sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs roam this Earth as Chris Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) father informs him early on in American Sniper, then Clint Eastwood’s film represents the cross-breed of the hound and sheep – a creation perplexed as to who it is, its identity betwixt and between the protector that it wants to be and the ram that it truly is. At conflict with itself in scenes of both home and war, the tottering ideological stances of the film accentuate more than just cinematic gaucherie; Eastwood here has made a film about a war that he does not believe in, forcing his gaze onto the sole character in the film that does.
In this sense, American Sniper is far from a patriotic film, though patriotism unquestionably plays its part throughout the narrative. No more is it nationalistic than it is rueful, and it is the china shop hesitation »
- Morad Moazami
For the sake of this particular movie column let’s just consider the media types of news personalities, journalists and reporters as interchangeable. With that in mind Newsmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies will look at some of cinema’s top inquirers in the name of getting down to the nitty-gritty in bringing the truth to the forefront.
The movies have intensely, if not sometimes comically, showcased those characters that felt justified in reporting their newsworthy findings in the name of riveting entertainment. Whether spotlighting real-life newsmaker and shakers such as legendary luminaries in Edward R. Murrow to Watergate busters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein or profiling parodies of probing journalists as Natural Born Killer’s Wayne Gale it has been a trippy ride in witnessing cinematic reporters and their excitable exploits.
Perhaps Newmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies will be irresponsibly »
- Frank Ochieng
On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »
- Alan Sepinwall
A Most Violent Year, 2014.
Directed by Jc Chandor.
In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.
Opening with an explosive piece of violence, Jc Chandor’s newest film is a wonderfully acted slow burning thriller. Following a year in the life of couple Abel and Anna, the film charts the struggles of their business, the corruption of oil, and the growing gun violence in New York during 1981.
The use of oil to signify corruption is at the forefront of this film and in a way it makes the film timeless in its relevance. Taking the lead is Oscar Isaac who is seemingly in every Blockbuster and independent film going – and rightly so. He brings a searing intensity to his role and »
- Helen Murdoch
"A Most Violent Year" may not have cracked any of the Academy's categories…but so what? It's one of the best films of last year, a stylish ode to the oft-longed-for craftsmanship of the '70s with two of the year's most compelling performances from Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain (and nothing to sneeze at from their co-stars, to be sure). Isaac and Chastain studied acting together at Juilliard, and as director J.C. Chandor notes in the exclusive featurette above, they've pretty much known each other as long as their husband and wife characters in the film. That dynamic makes for fun fireworks on screen and the whole cast is really dialed in, from Albert Brooks' consigliere of sorts to David Oyelowo's dogged district attorney. Alex Ebert's emotive score (and amazing closing credits song), Bradford Young's jaw-dropping cinematography — it's a very rich cinema experience, and it's finally opening wide tomorrow. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Despite its title, A Most Violent Year is not about St. Louis in 2015 but about New York City in its most crime-ridden year of 1981. Oscar Isaac stars as ambitious Colombian immigrant Abel Morales, who began his career as a truck driver for a heating oil biz run by a mobster whose daughter Anna (Jessica Chastain) he eventually married. Abel took over ‘Standard Heating Oil’, and grew it quickly – but too quickly in the eyes of his competitors. As the movie opens, Abel and his attorney (Albert Brooks) are on the verge of a big move – borrowing a million and a half dollars to buy two oil tanks in a prime area of Queens. With 30 days to secure the cash needed to close the deal, it’s a risky investment, but if all goes according to Abel’s plan, he will eventually be able to store and move fuel on a larger scale. »
- Tom Stockman
Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who fought to bring awareness of football-related brain traumas, as well as challenges political, cultural and corporate issues surrounding the health issues.
Peter Landesman (Parkland) writes and directs the film, which also stars Gugu Mnatha-Raw (Belle), Alec Baldwin (Mission: Impossible 5), Paul Reiser (Whiplash), David Morse (The Rock), Albert Brooks (A Most Violent Year) and Luke Wilson (The Skeleton Twins). Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings) is one of the film’s producers.
Concussion’s Christmas Day release will see it up against Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, and David O. Russell’s Joy, »
- Gary Collinson
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